March 3, 2024

Heathrow strikes cancelled

A series of strikes planned over the summer has been cancelled after security workers agreed to a pay deal.

In a long-running dispute with Heathrow Airport Limited, over 2,000 security officers at Heathrow Terminal 3, 5 and Campus Security were due to take 31 days of strike action starting this month.

They had already walked out for 18 days since Easter.

But they have now accept a pay increase of between 15.5% and 17.5% depending on their pay banding position.

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “This was a hard won victory which demonstrates what can be achieved when workers stand together and take action together.”

Under the deal the workers will receive:

  •  A 10% increase to all basic salary, shift pay and allowances from January
  • A further 1.5% pay increase from October 2023
  • Spot rates, salary ranges and formal pay progression will increase when the pay increase is implemented
  • An increase in line with inflation for 2024 (a minimum of 4%)
  • The end of direct deployment (when workers can be switched between terminals without warning)
  • Improvement in maternity and paternity pay.

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